Education is for improving the lives of others and for

leaving your community and world better than you found it.

~ Marian Wright Edelman

The Texas Panhandle's only private college preparatory school for students in grades 6 through 12


Ben is a native of the Texas Panhandle, spending his childhood in the college town of Canyon. He graduated with a Bachelors in Chemistry and a Masters in Chemistry (focusing on Organic Chemistry) at West Texas State University under Dr. James Woodyard.  He earned a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Texas A&M University in College Station, where he studied under Dr. James Haw in the field of Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy.

Ben worked as a research scientist for three years in the tire-rubber/filler technology field for Ameripol-Synpol Corporation.  He retired after 34 years of work for the Pantex Plant.  He worked and studied in the field of analysis, compatibility, and performance of energetic materials for the efforts of the DOE’s Nuclear Security Enterprise.  Ben has taught “Molecular Spectra and Structure” at West Texas A&M University and freshman chemistry at Amarillo College.  He actively pursued opportunities for cooperative research between the DOE’s Pantex Plant and WTAMU, writing and obtaining grants for science research at WTAMU.  He is now a Senior Technical Advisor for the National Nuclear Security Administration in Amarillo and Albuquerque.

He and his wife Karen are active members of First Baptist Church in Amarillo. They have two children (Lauren Sanders of Kingsville and Jonathan Richardson of Amarillo). They frequently travel to Eagle Nest, New Mexico, and enjoy fishing, hiking, shooting sports, and their four grandchildren.

EMAIL: brichardson@ascensionacademy.org

Founded in 2000, Ascension Academy is Amarillo's only college preparatory school providing an education in a challenging, faith-affirming environment to maximize
the potential of every student. 

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9301 Ascension Parkway

Amarillo, Texas 79119

Mailing Address:

PO Box 50729

Amarillo, Texas 79159-0729